Gallery Glass Window Clings

By Craft Trends Contributor, Lacey

Gallery Glass Window ClingsWhile researching the fun things to do with Plaid Gallery Glass, I noticed that it was possible to make window clings from Gallery Glass patterns. While this looked like a fun craft, I thought making my own window cling with my own design would be more fun, so that’s what I set out to do. This turned out to be an easy and fun craft which I would highly recommend for anyone looking to create customized window clings for less.

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Gallery Glass Geometric Mirror

By Craft Trends Contributor, Lacey.

Gallery Glass Geometric MirrorThough I love knitting and the classic embroidery thread crafts, sometimes you just have to try something new. Recently, as I was browsing the web, I was looking at paints to use on slick surfaces, I came across Plaid Gallery Glass which is used to create a faux stained glass look.  This medium looked like a fun one to experiment with and as I’ve been interested lately in geometric designs, I thought this could be an interesting project to try out a new supply and make something I could use in my apartment, leading to this Gallery Glass geometric mirror.

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Glass Painting Techniques

I have to admit, I’ve never actually tried glass painting before, and  I knew I would need to do some research before trying it out for myself. There are so many different effects you can achieve using glass paints and vases. You can find inexpensive glass at the dollar store or even in the top shelf of your kitchen cabinets! My husband and I have a constant battle over the mason jars in our house – he uses them for canning and I use them for decorating. Once he’s used them once or twice, I wash them out and hide them in hard to reach cabinets. Once you’ve gathered your extra glass containers and pretty paints check out some of these tutorials for design ideas and tips.When your projects are complete feel free to post pictures of your new glass decor in the comment section!

 

These Modern Mason Jars are a great way to re-use or reclaim the mason jars in your own kitchen! Once you’re done with this project those old mason jars won’t be hiding any longer. These would be great for holding crafts supplies, or decorative knick knacks on a modern mantle place.

Martha Stewart Crafts Modern Mason JarsPlaid Online – Chris Myer Williams

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Butterflies Under Glass

By Crafts-a lot Contributor, Mable who is an avid reader of craft blogs & magazines and is always looking to improve her crafting skills. Join Mable on Facebook to socialize and share with other crafters!

Mark Montano's Project for a Unique DIY Piece from ThinkCrafts.com

Our friend Mark Montano is full of amazing crafty ideas for your home and yourself. This beautiful butterfly piece is inspired by the Museum of Natural history and will make a great conversation piece in any home. It’s whimsical and rustic at the same time! For more creative DIYs, check out the “Make Your Mark” videos on Mark’s YouTube Channel.

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Last Minute St. Patrick’s Day Ideas

Happy St Patty’s Day! If you’re scrambling to come up with some fun and easy activities to celebrate, you’ve come to the right place. We’ve come up with a few decorations, recipes, and activities to make this St. Patrick’s Day special. All of the materials can most likely be found around your house, you may only need a quick trip to the grocery store for one or two items.

Studio DIY- St. Patricks Day Streamers

St. Patrick’s Day Shamrock StreamersStudio DIY

Find some green streamers, and you’ll have a fun shamrock decoration in no time. This garland makes for a great party decoration or just as a quick way to spruce up your home without spending a bunch of time crafting decorations.

 

Thumb Printed Shamrocks - Inner Child Fun

 

Thumb Printed ShamrocksInner Child Fun

Grab your green ink pad and cardstock, and teach your children to make shamrocks using their thumbs. This great St. Patrick’s Day craft can be repeated every year to watch your children grow. You could even hang on to the same paper every year, and display it as your child grows!

Read more last minute St. Patty’s Day craft ideas…

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Craft Professionals Interview with Mark Montano

 

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Celebrity Craft Professional Mark Montano’s latest book the Big-Ass Book of Bling is out and ready to surprise you and your friends with all of the great DIY jewelry and accessories you can make with household items. At CreateForLess, we love watching Mark Montano’s easy and entertaining DIY videos on his YouTube channel, Make Your Mark, and after watching Mark Montano interview himself, we had a few questions we were dying to ask him ourselves…

 Mark Montano

 

What are your favorite tools and supplies to work with?

My all time favorite tools are white school glue (because it’s delicious), E-6000, Krylon spray paints, Jacquard paints, and lately…..Perler beads.  I’m addicted to them.  Perhaps I’m revisiting my childhood?  Who am I kidding.  I’m just a big hairy kid.

What are some of your favorite crafting trends?

Trends scare me.  I’m always afraid I’ll melt crayons on something and then try to put it in a mason jar and cover it in chalkboard paint.  That said, the glass fusing microwave kilns are blowing up and I love mine!  Generally I’m loving that jewelry making is so huge right now, too.  I like that people are proud to wear the things they create.

Are there any new supplies or tools you can’t wait to try?

Hm…..I have to say that I’m interested in felting and soldering right now.  Two things that I’m not really familiar with and am really interested in trying.  I think that both of these skills would up my crafting game a bit.  Get out of my way when I learn how to felt, baby!

Is there anything you find really challenging?

I can’t knit or crochet and I can’t get the hang of it.  I have a mental block and people have threatened to stab me with their knitting needles from frustration when they were trying to teach me.  I also cannot tap dance but I pretend like I can when I’m wearing dress shoes. 

Show us a picture that best describes your crafting personality…

 

Mark Montano Craft Photo

 

For more crafty inspiration, tutorials, and fun, visit Mark Montano’s Website and Youtube Channel and check out The Big-Ass Book of Bling!

An Apple a Day

By Scrapbook & Paper Crafts Contributor Jennifer, from the blog “So Many Products, So Little Time”.

When using themed paper, sometimes less is more.  When I saw this paper, the quote “An Apple A Day Keeps the Doctor Away” popped into my head, so I immediately thought of a Get Well card.  I didn’t have any apple or doctor embellishments to go with the paper, so I made the paper the main “embellishment”. 

Supplies:
Red Cardstock
Studio Calico patterned papers
EK Success Paper Shapers Punch Edger Bubbles
Making Memories Sentiment Stickers Looking Glass
Pearls

To give it a little dimension, I used a border punch around the edges.  I added that paper to the top of a larger, coordinating paper and used red cardstock as the card base.  I used a small sentiment circle and two pearls as my only 3 dimensional elements on the card.  The card is still fairly flat and with a little padding in the envelope, this could easily be sent to a friend who isn’t feeling well.

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